France begins NSO probe, new claims emerge

France begins NSO probe, new claims emerge

Following a series of incendiary revelations about the alleged use of the Pegasus spyware software by multiple governments, France has announced it is officially investigating the allegations. President Emmanuel Macron was taking the matter "very seriously," government spokesman Gabriel Attal told the France Inter radio station on Thursday. Macron chaired a special meeting of the Defence and National Security Council on Thursday to discuss the affair, a source close to the presidency said. Macron and several members of the French government have been identified as likely targets of 2019 spy attacks, according to French daily Le Monde. One of Macron's mobile phone numbers was reportedly found on a list of potential spying targets drawn up by the Moroccan intelligence services. Macron has changed his mobile phone and phone number in light of the Pegasus spyware case, a presidency official said on Thursday. Morocco has denied any involvement that it has spied on any public figures. It reportedly instructed a lawyer to file a defamation case in a French court against two groups on Thursday. The Elysee Palace was quick to …
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